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Jamaican Salsa Dishes
Delicious Jamaican Inspired Salsa Dishes

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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer

One of the most loved “Jamaican Salsa” flavours is a combination of a popular Jamaican flavour as well.

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The Jerk Jamaican Salsa is quite easy to make and is a smokey, spicy variation on the traditional dish.

Jamaican Jerk Salsa Recipe


  • Roasted tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Thyme
  • Lime juice
  • Scotch Bonnet
  • Garlic
  • Pineapple slices
  • Black pepper
  • Pimento (allspice)
  • Salt
  • Jerk Seasoning


  1. Halve tomatoes and place them face down on a baking tray along with pineapple slices. Season lightly with salt and black pepper and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes. This will give your salsa a rich smokey taste.

  2. While your tomatoes and pineapples roast, roughly chop onions, dice garlic, scotch bonnet and finely chop your thyme. The measurements are as much as desired.

  3. When your fruits and vegetables are done roasting, roughly chop them as well before adding all your ingredients to your food processor or blender.

  4. Now all that’s left to do, is blend until you arrive at the desired consistency. For a chunkier salsa, you will have to blend it for less time than if you would like a more refined salsa.

This salsa can be had with breadfruit and plantain tostones, jerk chicken or tortillas. 

Jamaican Salsa (Mango Salsa)

There is an abundance of fruits on the islands so, why not use them to make a delicious salsa to pair with your meat and fish dishes? Mango easily comes to mind, Try this simple recipe the next time you are having jerked or grilled meats.

Jamaican Mango Salsa Tips

  1. You can adjust the amount of pepper you use in this one to be a sweet accompaniment to your spicy jerk or a zesty one to your grilled meats, the choice is yours.
  2. You can either use only ripe mangos for a sweet salsa or have a few turned ones too for a sweet and sour option.
  3. Taste and adjust these ingredients to your preference.

Jamaican Salsa (Mango Salsa) Recipe


  • Ripe Mangoes (diced)
  • Onion (diced)
  • Salt to taste
  • Lime juice (natural or bottled)
  • Scotch bonnet pepper (diced)


  1. This one is very simple, no roasting or blending is necessary.
  2. Just peel your mangoes and remove the seeds and dice them to a moderate size. Dice your onion, preferably red (for a little colour), but white works just as good.
  3. Add mangoes, and onions to a bowl and mix properly.
  4. Add your scotch bonnet peppers, enough to complement the dish that your salsa will accompany.
  5. Finally, add your salt and lime juice.

Your salsa is now ready to serve, or simply cover it until you’ve prepared your chicken, fish or pork

How long does Jamaican Salsa last?

If refrigerated, salsa can last up to a week. Just store it correctly in an airtight container and you will have delicious salsa for seven whole days.

You might find that the salsa seems a little watery after a while, simply give it a stir and it will be fine. If you love a more chunky salsa, you can lightly strain it when you are done or to avoid it entirely, remove the seeds of your tomatoes.

What else can you add to your salsa?

After making your salsa, stirring in corn or black beans can make a healthy and hearty addition. Either canned or regular works just the same.

Jamaican Traditional Salsa Recipe


  • 5 large tomatoes,
  • 1 large green chili, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped coriander
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Deseed and finely chop your tomatoes, garlic and chili and set aside in different containers.
  2. Finely chop the onions and coriander and place them in a separate bowl as well.
  3. Now in a medium bowl, add your ingredients, as well as the lime juice and salt.
  4. Mix thoroughly, taste and adjust where necessary.

Serve with tortillas or banana chips.

I hope you enjoy making (and eating) these three salsa dishes.

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References & Sources For Jamaican Salsa

  1. 2022. Jamaican Mango Salsa Recipe | Cook Like A JamaicanCook Like a Jamaican. [online] Available at: [Accessed 26 September 2022].
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  3. Inc., G., 2022. Traditional Salsa Recipe - Mexican Salsa - Old El Paso. [online] Available at: [Accessed 26 September 2022].
  4. Taste of Home. 2022. The Restaurant-Style Salsa Recipe That'll Have You Finishing a Whole Bag of Chips. [online] Available at: [Accessed 26 September 2022].
  5. Vargo, F., 2022. Jamaican Jerk Garden Salsa. [online] The Starving Chef. Available at: [Accessed 26 September 2022].

Jamaican Salsa | Written: September 26, 2022

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